• Territory and self-government.

    Domingo Ankuash, Shuar leader, talks with us about the details of the conflict.

    At a time when the Shuar youth is seduced by the trappings of the city and down to forget their origin, Domingo, along with several Shuar leaders organize political education workshops. The Shuar people are willing to do anything to defend themselves and along with them, the amazonian forest.

South-western Ecuador, one of the most biologically and culturally diverse areas on the planet, is under threat from open-cast copper and gold mining, and extensive oil exploration contracts that will destroy vast areas of old-growth rainforest, and displace entire groups of indigenous people.

The government of Ecuador has allowed foreign mineral and oil companies to plan and begin to carry out highly destructive and polluting extraction techniques on millions of acres of pristine forest in the provinces of Morona-Santiago and Zomora-Chinchipe.

These projects will cause irreparable damage to huge tracts of virgin Amazon rainforest. These projects violate both Ecuadorian Domestic law and International Human Rights law.

These projects are being pursued without the

agreement of the indigenous peoples, whose lands and sacred sights stand to be violated. This is contrary to the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples and contrary to the Ecuadorian Constitution of 2008 which also enshrines The Rights of Nature.

Vast tracts of Southern Ecuador are now being opened to oil concessions as the Government desire to double their oil production. The President, in his election manifesto, has stated that he will exploit Ecuador’s mineral and oil resources to gain revenue for his country.

Morona-Santiago & Zamora-Chinchipe provinces & Yasuni national park